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Face Coverings Now Optional on Wheels Buses

The federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandate requiring that face coverings be worn by all passengers riding on Wheels buses was rescinded on Monday April 18, 2022. As a result, face coverings are now optional when riding our services. Wheels bus operators will continue to

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Wheels Introduces the “Memorial Madden Cruiser”!

We are paying tribute to the late John Madden in a big way by wrapping an entire 40-foot Wheels bus and designating it as the “Memorial Madden Cruiser”. The bus made its debut public appearance at the “One More Monday Night in Oakland: A Celebration of John Madden” event on Monday

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Tri-Valley Hub Network Integration Study Approved by LAVTA Board

At their June 7, 2021 meeting the LAVTA Board approved the Tri-Valley Hub Network Integration Study and authorized LAVTA’s Executive Director to forward the report to the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which had funded the study. The goal of the Study was to provide the

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What the California Reopening Plan Means for Wheels Riders

Tomorrow, June 15th, California is expected to fully reopen. The county tier system based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will no longer be in effect. Capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities, including Wheels and Rapid buses. However, the

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Wheels to Partially Restore Service to pre-COVID Levels

For almost fifteen months, we have been operating at a significantly reduced level of service as a result of decreased demand resulting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the State of California planning to fully reopen the economy on June 15, we will be restoring some of those

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Wheels Offers Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Beginning Monday March 1, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will provide free rides on existing Wheels, Rapid and Dial-a-Ride services to and from any COVID-19 vaccination site in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, including hospitals, pharmacies, and other immunization

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Low Income Wheels Riders Offered Reduced Fares

Low income riders on the Wheels bus system will become eligible for reduced fares beginning Monday January 25. Wheels is participating in a pilot program administered by the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) called Clipper START. The pilot will continue through the end of

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LAVTA Seeks Public Input on COVID-19 Emergency Service Changes

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is seeking public input on emergency service changes that were implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Background When Alameda County’s Shelter in Place Order took effect in mid-March, all schools in the Tri-Valley had

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LAVTA To Resume Fare Collection and Front Door Boarding October 1

Effective Thursday October 1, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will resume charging fares for all Wheels, Rapid and Dial-a-Ride paratransit services. Fares have been suspended since March 20 as a preventive measure in response to the potential spread of COVID-19 because of

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LAVTA Honored as North America’s Top Transit Agency!!

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has announced the selection of the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award. The annual award acknowledges excellence among public

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Pleasanton Bus Stops to See Major Facelift

In the coming months, Pleasanton residents will see major improvements at about 20 bus stops serving the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA’s) Rapid Route 10R. The Pleasanton Rapid Transit Corridor Enhancement Project focuses on improving transit facilities along the Santa Rita,

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LAVTA Suspends Fare Collection to Help Protect Drivers and Riders

As a preventive measure in response to the potential spread of the Coronavirus Disease, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will suspend the collection of passenger fares on all Wheels and Rapid buses effective Friday March 20. This measure also applies to LAVTA’s Dial-a-Ride

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Go Dublin! Program Changes During Shelter in Place

LAVTA’s Go Dublin! program will continue during the current “Shelter in Place” order. However, both Uber and Lyft have announced that they are temporarily suspending the shared ride options of UberPOOL and Lyft Line. LAVTA’s Go Dublin! discount of 50% ($5 maximum) is

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LAVTA Will Continue Regular Service During Shelter in Place Order

Today’s shelter in place emergency order from the Alameda County Health Officer defines public transportation as part of the “Essential Infrastructure”. As such, it is our intention to continue to operate our regular fixed route services and Dial-a-Ride paratransit. Our supplemental school

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LAVTA Activities Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) would like to assure our passengers, employees and all Tri-Valley residents that we are taking appropriate precautions to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following guidance from the Centers for

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Use Up Those Fare Buster and 10-Ride Tickets by December 31!!

In October 2018, the LAVTA Board voted to end the sale of paper tickets effective January 1, 2019. In order to give our passengers time to use up any tickets that had already been purchased, it was decided that the paper Fare Buster and Senior/Disabled 10-Ride Tickets would still be accepted

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LAVTA Honored Again as California’s Top Transit Agency!!

We were recently named as the recipient of the California Association of Coordinated Transportation’s (CALACT) Outstanding Transportation Agency of the Year Award for 2019. The announcement was made at the CALACT Awards Ceremony held as part of the organization’s Spring Conference. The annual

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New Discount Youth Clipper Card Fare of $1.60 Available Now!!

On January 1, 2019, we introduced a new discount Youth Clipper Card fare of $1.60. This discount is only available for riders 18 years of age and under paying with a Youth Clipper Card. The single ride cash fare remains $2.00. The Youth Clipper Card is available at no charge online at

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We Were Just Named the Top California Transit Agency!!!

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) was recognized this week as the California Transit Agency of the Year for 2018. The award was presented at the Small Operators Awards Ceremony held as part of the California Transit Association’s Annual Fall Conference. The annual award is

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After 40 Years Behind the Wheel(s), Diane Farner Retires

Diane Farner started driving buses in the Tri-Valley in January 1978 for the Livermore Unified School District. In 1980, she went to work for the Rideo bus service in Livermore, then transitioned to the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) when LAVTA absorbed the Rideo service in

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LAVTA Celebrates Launch of Autonomous Vehicle Testing

LIVERMORE, CA, June 27, 2018 – The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) celebrated the launch of testing of its new Shared Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) on June 22 at an event held at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station. Approximately 70 area business leaders, elected officials and

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SmartTrips Tri-Valley Program Begins May 2018!

Did you miss our SmartTrips team’s visit? If you received our ‘Sorry We Missed You’ door hanger but would still like to receive personalized transportation resources, fill out our quick participation form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SmartTripsTri-Valley The SmartTrips Tri-Valley team

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Dublin High School Student Develops Bus Tracking App

Dublin High School (DHS) sophomore Liam O’Flynn has made it easier for Tri-Valley residents to track the progress of Wheels and Rapid buses on their smartphones. Liam wrote and published the “Tri-Valley Buses” app shortly after he began attending DHS and had missed the bus a couple of times.

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New Wheels Buses Sport New Design

As you may have noticed, we have begun rolling out 18 brand new buses into service on Wheels routes throughout the Tri-Valley. The buses were built at the Gillig manufacturing facility, located right here in Livermore. These Wheels buses feature a brand new exterior look and logo. The buses

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